Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Back to basics

I made this temari a minute on Monday. It is on a small ball, and is the prototype or example of the class I will be teaching at Country Cupboard on October 3. It is a s4 with obi, with simple wrapped bands, stitched with DMC pearl #5; not by accident it is the same pattern as the very first temari I ever stitched. It is quite a bit more beautiful, though.


I will provide a mari, paper strips, darning needle, and pins; students will be encouraged to choose their #5 pearl and a metallic from the shop. I will teach how to mark a mari, and how to stitch the bands, and will demonstrate how to make a mari but will not take class time for each person to do that. Hopefully that will be enough of a start for people to decide if they will enjoy making temari and continue on from there. Of course, as usual I will highly recommend Barb Suess' book for anyone who wants to continue learning.

I was hoping to be done with headaches by now; the doctors have said the can probably help, and I am getting more and more impatient for them to do that. The new target date for treatment is September 10. They do not promise that the first treatment will fix everything; but just knowing that something can help is making me wonder why they haven't done it yet.

Daylily Temari, finally

On Saturday I made this pretty temari. Once I finally got the right colors it came together nicely. I saw a similar one in one of my Japanese books, the division is a c6; there are 4 flowers stitched on 4 triangles. If you would draw them out, it would be on a 3-sided pyramid. The leaves/wraps are on the main lines of a s4 w/ obi, just a simple division.


I like how the outer sepals fit inside the green triangles and the inner petals fill out the whole triangle.

I used a pearl #8 that I got on sale, a complete set of 40 colors for 1/2 price. They come on spools and seem to be a very good value. They will make many very delicate temari. Even though it is not DMC they seem to use the DMC numbering system.

Ric and Marge, since this temari is in honor of your beautiful garden, let me know if you want it. I feel bad that I gave you a temari to use for fund-raising but did not give you one for yourselves; or even if you want it for fund-raising you could have it too.